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Ephemeral Screen Printed Ice Decorates a Room at Sweden’s Ice Hotel

Posted By Lori Zimmer On January 18, 2013 @ 11:45 am In Architecture,Art,carousel showcase,Design,Eco Tourism,Environment,Gallery | No Comments

green design, eco design, sustainable design, ICe Hotel Sweden, Eszter Augustine Sziksz, Nikilla Carroll, screen printed ice, LED lights [1]

Lit with blue glowing LED lights [2], Sziksz and Carroll’s designs are backlight by the sun during the day. Scattered across an arched wall, Sziksz’s screen prints act as tiny port holes. Each is made up of a smooth circular piece of ice, cut with a chainsaw from the nearby river. The artist then prepares each of the ice discs by ironing them, gently melting them to a flat surface which will receive ink in a continuous tone.

Once prepared, the ice discs are then screen printed with Sziksz’s imagery- finger prints, vintage portraits and silhouettes are temporarily attached to the frozen pieces. In the freezing temperature of the hotel [3], the screen printed ice will last the season, but once the weather warms up, each artwork will melt away.

To coincide with the dream-like feeling of the ice circles, the team designed a three dimensional cloud mural for the walls of the room. Using a projector, the clouds were carved from the packed snow, surrounding the glowing ice bed. A faux-window was carved on the opposite wall, overlooking a cloudscape that is illuminated with blue light projections.

The ILLUMINATED room continues the Ice Hotel [4]‘s tradition of creating a fantastical winter experience, fusing art, design and the beauty of snow architecture.

+Eszter Augustine-Sziksz  [5]

+ ICE Hotel [6]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/ephemeral-screen-printed-ice-decorates-a-room-at-swedens-ice-hotel/eszter-sziksz-ice-hotel2/

[2] glowing LED lights: http://inhabitat.com/datagrove-is-a-vibrant-led-illuminated-interactive-installation-of-whispering-branches-in-california/

[3] freezing temperature of the hotel: http://inhabitat.com/new-post-submission-2246/

[4] Ice Hotel: http://inhabitat.com/photos-inhabitat-spends-the-night-in-quebecs-hotel-de-glace-made-entirely-from-ice/

[5] +Eszter Augustine-Sziksz : http://esztersziksz.blogspot.com

[6] + ICE Hotel: http://www.icehotel.com/

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